Date: 29th April 2016 at 9:48am
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Rotherham United midfielder Richie Smallwood says this season’s achievement ranks higher than managing to stay up last season.

Dropping down to League One, Richie came to the Millers originally on loan from Middlesbrough and helped them into the Championship before joining on a permanent deal.

Speaking to The Advertiser‘s David Beddows the twenty-five year old said, ‘We’ve pulled ourselves out of a big hole with a collective effort. It ranks higher than the achievement last year because this league gets harder every season.

‘As we came towards the end of the season with a new manager coming in that put some concentration and resilience into us which is what we maybe needed.’

Richie’s played forty-three times for the Millers this season and even managed to wade in with a goal which was in our four-nil win over MK Dons.

‘We’ve played a formation that suits us home and away,’ Richie said,’and we’ve been getting results to there’s no point changing a winning formation.

‘We’re all pulling in the same direction and we’re compact. We’ve done work on shape and we are well set-up, well drilled and know what we are doing.’

Have to say since Neil Warnock came in we have been solid at the back. If one player has moved out of position for whatever reason, there has been another there to take his place. And there’s been none of the dashing off with the ball, loosing it only to find there’s been a gap to let your opponent in – got to be good that hasn’t it.

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